Heck yeah!

There’s a new (well, new to me anyway) shop in Natick Center that I’ve been anxious to visit. It’s called Calliope Paperie. Some of the girls in my planner group have posted photos of their visits to this little slice of stationary heaven and I gotta say… it was love at first sight. Kristina Burkey’s Instagram game is spot on. The photos of her shop and the products she so lovingly procures are gorgeous. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to get up to Natick and take in all that is Calliope Paperie.

Today was that day.

I set the address in Waze, had my mum in the passenger seat and off we went. I’ll be honest, it’s not close for me… but I had it in my head (and in my planner, let’s be real) that this was happening today. So we found our way to Natick center and this beautiful little piece of stationary heaven.

It was pretty easy to find. The shop name plastered on the side of the building is genius. We parked on the street directly across from the shop, crossed the street and boom…we’re in! Kristina is awesome (check out her blog!) She’s friendly, helpful and genuinely loves what she does within her shop and on Sundays at the South End Open Market (formerly SOWA). She’s so driven and her love for all things stationary / paper / crafty is just a dream come true for those of us who share that love.

I bought so much amazing stuff! Cards, cards and more cards! Some stickers, pens, washi a couple of pressies and a tote I’m completely loving. Just check out this washi…

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So to sum up, here’s what you need to do…

  • plan a visit to Calliope Paperie
  • check out this Wicked Local article
  • drool over Kristina’s Instagram
  • browse all the beautiful goods here
  • stop by Kristina’s pop-up shop at the South End Open Market
  • support an amazing local business!

Trust me… you’re gonna love it!

 

New Neighbors

It looks like I’ll be getting some new neighbors in my work world. BostInno published this article yesterday with the just announced permanent location of GE’s Boston HQ. The photo below highlights the area GE will call home.Screen-Shot-2016-03-25-at-9.44.18-AM-936x360-3

And here’s a closer look at GE’s new HQ…GE New

It’s going to be HUGE. A 2.5-acre campus right on Fort Point Channel.

It completely encompasses the open parking lot outside my building along with the two vacant buildings next to the parking garage. It’s crazy big.

I’m excited to watch the process, but leery that my commute and parking situation is going to be impacted. The garage is nearly full now and it’s certainly not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe they’ll add parking for their employees… maybe not.

I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Thanks to BostInno and Google for the images.

Oh right… I have a blog

I will admit… I pretty much forgot about this blog until just a few minutes ago when a woman who works in my building mentioned her daughter’s desire to start a blog. She asked me if I had any recommendations and the lightbulb went off in my head… oh right… I have a blog! How sad is that?

Very.

I won’t bore you with the details that, quite frankly, I can barely remember myself.

So it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Half the building left around 4pm to go get their fill of green beer. This is a bandwagon I’ve never jumped on. I know it’s only food coloring, but the thought of drinking something… anything green (including those “healthy” green juices) is something I just can’t get past. Have I tried? Yup. And I have yet to find a green beverage that I can palate. But I digress…

My oven in disassembled in my kitchen so no corned beef and cabbage at the homestead tonight. That will have to wait until Sunday dinner. So it’s either pb&j or takeout. I’m leaning towards takeout.

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Memorial Day

It may be a day of cookouts, beaches and the unofficial start of summer, but Memorial Day always has me filled with gratitude for all those who have served our country and given their lives to protect our precious freedom.

37,000 flags, each representing a life lost during service, have been placed on two plots by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common.  The flags represent fallen heroes with Massachusetts ties through the Revolutionary War. This exhibit started in 2009 and grows each year with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is able to further research into military records.

This is an amazing, awe-inducing site to see. Pictures don’t compare to seeing it in person, but this one by Javier Mejia of IGersBoston is stunning. 

Here’s another by  Andy Robinson/Boston.com staff. 

This gorgeous and moving installation will be in place through sundown today, Memorial Day, at which time they will be packed up and stored for next year’s installation.

It’s an amazingly beautiful day in Boston and my grill will be on this afternoon. I hope whatever you have in store for this Memorial Day brings you gratitude, peace and happiness!

Another Influenster Vox Box

Backing up a few months…

Influenster sent me the Frosty Vox Box filled with products to try out and give feedback. Some were great, some were good, some were… meh. It was great to be chosen and it was fun to try new products. I certainly didn’t expect to get another box of goodies so soon. But here it is…



And here’s what was inside…

These are full size products! Have I tried them? Yup. Do I have opinions on them? You know I do!

Here goes!

Dessange California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo: The texture is smooth and easy to apply. My hair felt super, almost squeaky, clean. So much so that I wouldn’t ever use it without the conditioner.

Dessange California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner: The texture on this one was really good. Not pasty or super thick. For a conditioner I found it rather thin, but in the best possible way. I really liked how my hair felt and looked using these two products.

Dessange California Blonde CC Brass Color Correcting Créme: this stuff is a vivid purple… VIVID! It’s recommended to use gloves when applying it and I didn’t see that part until it was a bit too late. I went with it anyway. Applied it and waited 10 minutes before rinsing out.  I didn’t notice a huge difference in the tone of my hair color, but that may be because my color wasn’t brassy in the first place. I’ll give it another go, but honestly don’t see myself purchasing this once I’ve gone through this tube.

All in all, I think the products are good quality and well worth buying. There is a “but” and here it is… but I don’t like the scent at all. It’s very perfumy and super strong. I’ve gotten a headache each time I’ve used them. My hair looks and feels really good, but my head feels like it’s going to explode from the scent. Such a shame. It may be just me because I do have a super sensitive nose. I hope so because they really are excellent products.

So, thanks Influenster and thanks Dessange Paris! I think the products I tested were really great (except for the fragrance.) #JAdoreDessange

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Back at it

Every year I have the best of intentions with regard to this poor little blog. 2015 is no exception.

In retrospect, 2014 was a bit of a roller coaster for me. There were as many high points as low.

There were swells of creativity and lulls where I couldn’t manage to put a speck of color on a page or canvas. One constant throughout the year?… lots of new products to use and new projects to embark on.

One I’m really looking forward to is utilizing my beloved Filofax. I’ve used the same personal sized Filofax for years and actually have a few of them. Two in particular that I’ll be getting what I hope will be a lot of use out of are my tried and true baby blue leather cross stitched and my navy and chartreuse Apex planners.

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Both are the personal size to I could conceivably pop one or both of them in my bag, and that’s actually part of the plan. I will likely keep the Cross for my day-to-day Filofaxing (yes, it’s a real thing!) and the Apex will be my creative go-to for ideas, swatches, inventory lists, wants and needs.

Thankfully I’m not alone in the Filofaxing endeavor. My friend Jean (check her out on Instagram… @onegirlouta6) is as knee-deep in it as I am. There are dashboards, dividers and quotes to be made and displayed. It’s really great to have someone as paper crazy as I am to bounce ideas off and validate the purchase of a pen that writes on washi tape, plastic and glass. She’s gets it, and I love her for that… and our shared love of Trader Joe’s pomegranate limeade and coconut rum, spicy shrimp sushi and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese! [Side note: If you haven’t had a Green Monstah from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, make it a point to find their food truck and indulge. You won’t be sorry!]

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I’ve also bitten the bullet and subscribed to Studio Calico’s Project Life kits. I’m hoping that, since this system is supposed to be simple and easy, I’ll actually take more photos and get them in my beautiful new wood grain fabric handbook.

Isn’t it so pretty?!

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Studio Calico Wood Grain Handbook

The unofficial end of summer

I’m not a summer girl. I’m much more partial to cooler seasons… in particular, fall.  

I’m on vacation this week and being on vacation (or should I say “stay-cation”) for the unofficial last week of summer is a celebratory thing for me. Last week was pretty much perfect for me. Temps in the mid to high 70’s and cool bordering-on-cold nights do my soul good. I love it.  

It’s going to be a busy week. I have a couple of appointments and some other plans to keep me out of trouble, but I expect to get some fun tidbits in there too.  

A trip to B&N should do the trick. I need to wrap my head around the phenomenon that is social media as it relates to business. #socialmedia is not as simple as it seems and this chick needs to know more! Another area I’d like to master in the social media world… banners. I’ll admit, my photoshop skills are pretty decent for a non-professional but I’m definitely not up to par in the creation of banners and I really want to get that one under my belt. 

Until I can get to my local purveyor of literary greatness, some light reading will have to suffice…

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These things must weigh a good 7lbs or more! Vogue alone tops out at 856 pages… WHAT?! And yes, I will go through them page by page. Will I read every article? Nope. Will I spend way too much time detailing every advert? Yup. It’s what I do and it’s what I enjoy and it gets my creative juices flowing. Hoping the goodies under these perfectly prepped covers spark some creative inspiration!